Since its origins in the mid nineteenth century, detective fiction has been populated by a huge array of beasts. If the genre begins, as is widely supposed (though not without some debate), with Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (1841), then detective fiction’s very first culprit is an animal. Such beastly instances of criminal violence are among the genre’s most recurrent figurings of the non-human. Accordingly, like Poe’s frenzied ourang-outang on the spree in Paris, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) identifies a murderous aggression as part-and-parcel of animal nature. Detective fiction accommodates gentler and more law-abiding creatures too, however.
The Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading GroupGenre and the Crisis of NarrativeKeynote Speakers: Peter Hitchcock, Mathias Nilges, Nnedi Okorafor23-25 March 2017University of Florida, Gainesville, FL As a cultural dominant, neoliberalism inhibits our ability to think the future. Following Mathias Nilges, neoliberalism can be understood as a dialectic of fiction and reality, and its temporal crisis can be said to be accompanied by crises of narrative in contemporary cultural forms. As the enabling fictions of neoliberalism increasingly become reality, what narrative forms can help us to once again imagine the future as difference?
At the upcoming American Literature Association Conference in Boston (May 25-28, 2017), one of the Poe Studies Association’s panels will focus on Innovative Approaches to Teaching Poe.
Possible paper topics include pedagogy based on the use of online databases, adaptations of Poe’s works, connections to non-literary disciplines, reading non-gothic Poe texts, unusual writing assignments, group activities, social media, and classroom experiments.
This panel has been organized and will be chaired by PSA Member-at-large Cristina Pérez.
CFP ASLE 2017: Comics, Graphic Novels, and the Environment (June 20-24 2017, Detroit)
***Extended Deadline: December 15, 2016***
Call for Papers
Aesthetics, Politics, and Ethics in Fractured Times
2017 ASPECT Graduate Conference - Friday, March 31st – Saturday, April 1st
The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
February 24-25, 2017
Deadline extended: now February 15, 2017
Though scientifically dense and tethered to biology, ecology—particularly in its multiple, ecologies—is an area rich for discussion and interpretation. At its root, the word “ecology” comes from the Greek word oîkos, meaning “house.” At its most basic translation, “ecology” becomes “study of the house,” and is open for the complex questions about this space of living and interaction.
CFP: BUFFY AT 20
April 1, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Sherryl Vint, University of California, Riverside
Proposals are invited for the thirty-eighth American Indian Workshop, to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London from July 4-6, 2017. Papers are welcome from all fields and on any topic, though priority will be given to those that speak to the conference’s key theme.
CALL FOR PAPERSWhy VR? Why Now?: A critical discussion of Virtual Reality experiments and experiences
Journal of Transformative Technologieshttp://www.ttrujournal.com.au/call-for-papers/ Abstracts due: February 10th, 2017 Issue Editors: Simon YoungThao Phan
The John Dos Passos Society invites proposals for a panel scheduled at The American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference, which will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 20, 2017. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org. For questions regarding the sessions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the conference, contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at email@example.com.
The John Dos Passos Society invites proposals for a roundtable scheduled at The American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference, which will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 20, 2017. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org. For questions regarding the sessions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the conference, contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at email@example.com.
We invite proposals for 20 minute papers and 90 minute panels for the second Fear 2000 conference at Sheffield Hallam University: Fear 2000: 21st Century Monsters. Hosted by staff and postgraduate students in the Department of Humanities, the conference will investigate the function of monsters in twenty-first century horror cinema and television.
Michel Gondry (b. 1963) is an internationally recognized auteur, whose work spans music videos, narrative film and documentary. Known for his distinctive aesthetic and unique approach to analogue and digital effects, Gondry’s oeuvre includes collaborations with such leading figures as acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Human Nature; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), American comedian Dave Chappelle (Dave Chappelle’s Block Party) and MIT professor/social theorist Noam Chomsky (Is The Man Who is Tall Happy?).
UConn’s Twelfth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing will consider the roles of—and tensions between—humility and conviction in writing and writing instruction. We invite proposals that engage questions such as (but not limited to) the following: